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When it comes to aircraft lights, there’s a bit of ambiguity on all the rules and regulations. So, sometimes people don’t really pay any attention or care. Most pilots just do as they were taught. But that’s not good enough, so here’s a short explanation on the different lights.

  • Position lights - Also known as the navigation lights, they’re a right green light, a left red light, and a tail white light that are always required to be on at night, from sunset to sunrise, to help indicate direction and location to other pilots. 

  • Anti-collision light systems - Including the aircraft beacon and/or strobe lights, these are used to further help other pilots determine where the aircraft’s location and direction is. The FAA mandates that an aircraft with anti-collision lights must not operate without the anti-collision lights on, unless the pilot deems it necessary for them to be turned off in the interest of safety. For example, if they’re going to blind ground personnel, they should probably stay off. Because of this weird ambiguous wording, you’ll see pilots with both strobe and beacon lights on, and you’ll see pilots with only one or the other on. 

  • Landing/Taxi lights - Optional lights subject to the discretion of the pilot, they’re typically used at night to help illuminate the runway or for anti-collision.
The FAA also has a program called “Operation Lights On”, which encourages pilots to use lights for anti-collision purposes. “Operation Lights On” says that it’s recommended to turn on navigation, position, anti-collision, and logo-lights prior to taxiing. It also says that pilots should signal intent to other pilots by turning on the taxi light when the aircraft is moving or intending to move and turn it off when they are stopping or yielding to ground traffic. Landing lights should be used for takeoff/landing, or anytime they are at an altitude below 10,000 feet and within 10 miles of an airport; all lights should be turned on when crossing an active runway; and strobe lights shouldn’t be used during taxi if it’s a hazard. 
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Cabin Crew Safety Parts

The in-flight cabin crew is responsible for more than just providing refreshments and a pleasant experience, they are responsible for the safety of all passengers on board! In fact, passenger safety is the reason behind creating the position of “cabin crew”. The first flight attendant was hired in 1930 and was a certified nurse. Her sole role was to ensure the health and safety of all passengers aboard the flight. The airline had noticed that the presence of a flight attendant during flight resulted in passengers feeling more relaxed and secure. This positive feedback led the way for all commercial airlines to hire flight attendants for in-fight safety. 

Today, flight attendants are assigned several more responsibilities. These responsibilities include but are not limited to: measuring the aircraft mass and balance, following safety regulations, providing safety demonstrations, and the properly storing safety equipment.  Safety equipment is a crucial part of aircraft safety as it could be used in an emergency to help prevent death, injury, or illness. There are hundreds of lives that flight attendants are responsible for during each flight, so having the proper equipment is critical. Flight attendants are required to go through extensive training that educates them on how to prepare for and how to handle emergency situations such as crash landings, emergency landings, and in-flight fires. This training is very rigorous and helps flight attendants develop fundamental skills regarding flight safety. During this training, flight attendants are also responsible for learning live saving procedures such as CPR and first-aid.

RFQ Experts, owned and operated by ASAP Semiconductor, should always be your first and only stop for all your aircraft cabin safety parts. RFQ Experts is a premier supplier of safety parts. Whether new, old or hard to find, we can help you locate it. RFQ Experts has a wide selection of parts to choose from and is fully equipped with a friendly, knowledgeable staff, so you can always find what you’re looking for, at all hours of the day. If you’re interested in obtaining a quote, contact the sales department at www.rfqexperts.com or call +1-780-851-3631.


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